A selection of his most popular essays from the author called 'Britain's foremost psychoanalytic writer' by the New Yorker.
Adam Phillips, formerly Principle Child Psychotherapist at Charing Cross Hospital, London, is a practising psychoanalyst and a visiting professor in the English department at the University of York. He is the author of numerous works of psychoanalysis and literary criticism, including most recently Unforbidden Pleasures, and Missing Out. He is General Editor of the Penguin Modern Classics Freud translations, and a Fellow of The Royal Society of Literature.
Phillips is one of the finest prose stylists at work in the
language, an Emerson for our time
Reading Phillips, you may be amused, vexed, dazzled. But the one thing you will never be is bored * Observer *
"Phillipsian" would evoke a vivid, paradoxical style that led you to think that you had picked up an idea by the head, only to find you were holding it by the tail * Guardian *
He is perhaps single-handedly continuing the tradition of the world's best essayists * Observer *
Phillips radiates infectious charm. The brew of gaiety, compassion, exuberance and idealism is heady and disarming * Sunday Times *